Drama Recaps
Dr. Jin: Episode 16
by | July 18, 2012 | 122 Comments

The time slip mechanism is more or less explained, and while it’s not too surprising, the details reach a whole new level of weird and convoluted and… well, just plain weird. Turns out there’s more than one brain fetus, maybe even an infinite number of brain fetuses, and Hyuk’s in particular has a bone to pick with him about all his historical meddling. You’d think he’d learn his lesson after this one, but I’m willing to bet totally unreal and figurative dollar bills that he’ll cut a new person open by this time next week.


Kyung-tak shoots Ha-eung, and Young-hwi arrives just in time to go chasing after the masked assassin. Ha-eung is already giving his deathbed speech to Hyuk, and asks him to take care of Myeong-bok.

It really does look like Ha-eung is about to shuffle the mortal coil, but Hyuk can’t hold it in anymore and bursts out that Ha-eung can’t die here, because “You will become the King’s father. That is your fate!” Ha-eung finds some extra breath to ask Hyuk who he really is.

Kyung-tak escapes to… Hwalinseo? Why would he go there, of all places? Young-hwi is there to intercept him, resulting in a sword fight between the two that has them at a standstill. Kyung-tak’s mask falls just as Young-hwi tips his hat up, and both recognize each other at the same time. Shocked faces galore as Kyung-tak realizes his old friend is alive, and Young-hwi realizes that Kyung-tak is the assassin.

There’s no time for a reunion though, since Joo Pal knocks Kyung-tak out cold with a big stick.

Hyuk carries Ha-eung into… the gibang? Was there a script setting mixup? Either way, they’re running out of time and Ha-eung is coughing blood. Heo Gwang and Young-rae gather supplies from the clinic to take to Hyuk, and Hyuk prepares for emergency surgery once they arrive.

Back in the clinic shed, Joo Pal & Co. tie an unconscious Kyung-tak up to a post and declare that they’ll make a decision on what to do with him once they know how Ha-eung fared.

I know I’m not the doctor here, but Hyuk just looks like he’s digging for buried treasure in Ha-eung’s chest, with an incision about a foot wide. It sounds like he’s stirring a pot of macaroni and cheese, but really it’s just Ha-eung’s lungs, where he removes the bullet and part of the lung that was damaged. This all looks very haphazard.

The surgery is successful, but Ha-eung will need a blood transfusion. Chun-hong offers up her own since she has the same blood type as Ha-eung, which stumps Heo Gwang because they’ve never tested her. Hyuk covers for her and said he tested her before, knowing that she found out on her trip to the future.

The Council of Evil convenes to discuss the unknown status of the assassination, and they’re soon joined by Dae-gyun, who’s returned from exile. Oh, happy day – the king of douchelords has come back to grace us with his presence, and tells Daddy that they have to find Kyung-tak as soon as possible to clean up the mess.

Speaking of, Kyung-tak tries and fails to free himself from his bonds, just as Joo Pal and Minion come in rolling up their sleeves. Eek. Is he going to get a beating?

Hyuk finds Young-rae praying on her own for Ha-eung, and they have a brief talk about God, with Young-rae wondering how nice the future must be with everyone allowed to pray freely. Hyuk belatedly notices the rosary in her hands and remembers a public posting declaring a monetary reward for anyone who reported a Catholic, and instead of telling her about it so she can be more careful, he just, you know, doesn’t.

Once he’s gone we hear her say in voiceover, “I prayed for you, too.”

Because Hyuk is a walking encyclopedia, he tells us (in voiceover) about Ha-eung’s persecution of Catholics once his son took the throne. More than eight thousand Catholics died in what’s called the Byeong-in Persecution of 1866 at Ha-eung’s command, and Hyuk wonders whether Young-rae will become one of them.

It’s worth noting that he flashes back to Young-rae and the magistrate, where she asked him if he would take responsibility for the lives the magistrate could take if he were saved, which now applies to Ha-eung. As always though, flashbacks aren’t worth a king’s fart in Hyuk’s decision-making process.

Chun-hong has finished the transfusion, and assures Hyuk that this is the last hurdle – the day Ha-eung will achieve his goal is not too far off. “Then history flows along on its predetermined path,” Hyuk notes, and Chun-hong agrees. But then she warns him against intervening in history or revealing what he knows will come to pass. So… what is it then? Is history predetermined, or not? Chun-hong, can you please be less cryptic for once in your life?

Meanwhile, Kyung-tak gets the tar beaten out of him by Joo Pal, who demands to know who gave him orders. (Not the moneymaker, Joo Pal! Anywhere but there!) But Kyung-tak laughs defiantly through a bloody mouth when he recognizes Joo Pal as a gangster, thinking it funny that Ha-eung is using the likes of him to reach the throne.

Joo Pal doesn’t think it’s that funny, and prepares to beat Kyung-tak with a bat. Ouch.

The next day, Hyuk and Officer Lee try to see the ailing Cheoljong, only to be denied entry by Doctor Yoo. Cheoljong struggles to breathe alone and Hyuk ends up back in front of the reward sign for turning in Catholics. He thinks about how Cheoljong will die and Ha-eung will gain power according to history, only if that happens, countless lives will be lost.

It seems like Hyuk might be thinking of meddling for the greater good, and I will throw something if that’s the case. He rips the posting off the board and gets a brain zap from the Jar Fetus for his trouble. Good. Maybe it’ll do that every time he messes with history, like that collar that zaps dogs when they bark.

However, there’s a problem at the gibang when Ha-eung’s heart stops beating. Hyuk begins CPR and tells us (in voiceover) that if he can’t resuscitate Ha-eung within five minutes he’ll die for real. Then it’s clear that he’s thinking of letting Ha-eung die to save Catholics, and Young-rae by extension, because he stops administering CPR to think about it, which… /ragequit.

Luckily the Jar Fetus brain zaps him back to his senses, and Hyuk brings Ha-eung back from the brink.

The Queen Dowager and Officer Lee discuss Ha-eung and the assassination attempt, with her sure that Minister Kim was behind it. Needless to say, she’s ready for his reign of terror to end.

Ha-eung finally stirs awake, and ekes out that he wasn’t able to die because he wanted to hear Hyuk answer his question: Who is he? Where did he come from? Hyuk: “Actually, I… am from the very distant future.” Ha-eung doesn’t seem all that surprised.

Young-hwi visits Kyung-tak in his shed/cell, seeming genuinely remorseful as he inspects the damage done to Kyung-tak by touch. Ah, the bromance. He tries to tell Kyung-tak that the world will be changing soon once Cheoljong dies, a though which has Kyung-tak laughing ruefully that Young-hwi will finally get his wish and oust the Andong Kim clan. He even offers a sarcastic congratulations.

As for who ordered him, Kyung-tak protects his father by saying that he acted alone. Young-hwi tries to convince him that he’s just being used by his father and can be thrown away at any time, which elicits a very thoughtful reaction from Kyung-tak, who likens his relationship with his father to Young-hwi’s relationship with Ha-eung.

“If I were afraid of being thrown out, I wouldn’t have been used,” Kyung-tak says. “Even if we are standing in different places, we’re in the same situation. You’re the only one who didn’t know that.” But Young-hwi still tries to get Kyung-tak over on his side so they can build a new world together, one free of discrimination, which is a thought which has Kyung-tak in very rueful stitches. He won’t give in no matter what, and makes this clear to his old friend.

Joo Pal reports on Kyung-tak’s stubbornness to Ha-eung, surprised that he didn’t give in even after a night of beating. They discuss their next move while Ha-eung asks if Joo Pal kept the gun Kyung-tak shot him with as evidence, but doesn’t plan to use it right away. He wants to wait and see whether Kyung-tak will become a good card or a bad card for him, which Young-rae overhears in shock, having no idea Kyung-tak was the assassin.

Ha-eung is recovering pretty fast for having Hyuk play Operation with his torso, and catches Hyuk on his way to treat Cheoljong, who’s in critical condition. Obviously he knows that Hyuk knows his fate, so Hyuk asks, “Do you want to know the future?” Hyuk. What did Chun-hong just say to you a couple of scenes ago about not doing exactly what you’re doing? Whatever. Of course you didn’t listen.

Hyuk tells him everything – about Myeong-bok becoming King, and how he’ll rule as Heungseon Daewongun. I love that Ha-eung’s all, Tell me something I don’t know. So Hyuk does, and mentions the Catholic Persecution of 1866 that Ha-eung is known for.

Ha-eung finds the thought curious and improbable, because every citizen is a child of the King, and he’ll never become a father who abandons his children. Hyuk: “Will you promise me?” Ha-eung says of course, because his wife believes in Catholicism. Huh. That was easy.

But Ha-eung knows that he has to clear his own path, and that Minister Kim blocks the way. He asks for Hyuk’s full support going forward.

Young-rae dogs Joo Pal until he tells her where Kyung-tak is, and she finds him trying to cut his bonds with a pottery shard. He turns away the second she comes in, even though she offers to help him send a message to his father. “Rather than showing myself like this to His Excellency, I would rather kill myself,” he grinds out.

He calls her out on her worrying over him, telling her that she no longer has the right, and orders her to leave. (Huzzah, Kyung-tak! Step in the right direction!)

Meanwhile, Hyuk and Doctor Yoo keep vigil over Cheoljong, who struggles just to breathe. Hyuk knows the cause is hopeless and cries a little, because everything is always about him. And didn’t he just save Cheoljong’s life like two days ago? Now he’s suddenly dying and there’s no way to stop it?

Doctor Yoo delivers the news that they might want to start preparing a royal funeral to the Council of Evil, and Minister Kim doesn’t seem surprised, since Cheoljong held on longer than he thought, and speaks cryptically on his plans going forward.

We then check back in with Ha-eung as he prepares to go to the palace during this time of crisis, and he coaches his son on what he’s to do if word of the King’s death spreads – wail and bow deeply in the direction of the palace.

Ha-eung makes it to Cheoljong’s deathbed in time to hear the King eke out his last words, one painful breath at a time. He implores the ministers present to take care of the people, and motions Hyuk closer as he says, “I’m going back first… to the world of mine. I wish you can go back to your world, too.”

And then, King Cheoljong passes away. The mourning cries start as Hyuk battles with his own tears, and gives us some historical details in voiceover, which I’m sure he learned through a history class he slept through in the future. He explains how Cheoljong’s death brought Myeong-bok closer to the throne and Ha-eung’s era right in front of his nose.

As Hyuk and Ha-eung leave the palace to the sounds of mourning, Ha-eung explains that what he hears isn’t sadness, but each minister worrying about their position and future. The Council of Evil meets them outside the palace, and Minister Kim warns Ha-eung about rushing things while the country is in a state of mourning.

Ha-eung knows exactly what Minister Kim doesn’t want him rushing on, and asks him if he thinks the people should only cry because they’ve lost their King, aka their parent. The two have a charged stare-off.

Young-rae checks on the status of her silver dagger as she delivers rice cakes to Joo Pal’s minions. Is she thinking of freeing Kyung-tak? Either way, it’s all for naught when she finds him missing from his cell, having used the pottery shard to cut his ropes. She sounds the alarm.

We find Kyung-tak staggering out of his cell, and he hides when he sees his father passing by in mourning clothes. Aww. His tears are definitely earned here, because he spent all that effort running away with no home to go to.

Ministers and royal relatives alike have gathered in the Queen Dowager’s quarters in mourning robes, and Ha-eung is the first one to bring the heir issue up, citing that the people will feel anxious as long as the throne sits empty. Minister Kim and his lackeys call for the decision to be left to the Court, and though he doesn’t win the Queen Dowager over completely, he does stall the proceedings, which isn’t good news for Ha-eung.

Minister Kim makes sure to rub that fact in Ha-eung’s face once they’re outside, giving him the Court version of: If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. Ha-eung promises to keep his advice in mind, and they have another stare-off. I can’t wait for them to really go at it. Go Team Ha-eung!

Once they’re alone, Officer Lee asks the Queen Dowager why she didn’t take Ha-eung’s side. She explains that though she could make Myeong-bok the heir, if all the ministers are against it with every fiber of their being, then she can’t win. She hasn’t thrown away the idea completely though, and simply says that she’ll wait to see how Ha-eung handles the heir issue going into the future, and decide then.

Ha-eung, meanwhile, has a beautiful moment where he stares long at the empty throne before he sits on it like a king, his eyes filled with resolve.

Juxtapose that with Kyung-tak stumbling to the ruins of his old home to sit on his porch, where he sees the child version of himself there, dressed in mourning. His mother’s funeral, maybe? Minister Kim asks Kyung-tak Lite if he wants to live in his house, and corrects him when Kyung-tak tries to call him “Father.” Instead he demands to be called “Your Excellency” to distance them. That’s horrible.

Back in the present, Kyung-tak pulls out a knife with that dead look in his eyes, readying for suicide. (No! He’s too pretty/compelling to die!) “Your Excellency,” Kyung-tak begins, as he raises the knife to his throat. “Please forgive this unworthy subject.” Someone’s going to stop him, right?

And boo, because it’s Young-rae who comes screaming and crying. Kyung-tak seems surprised that she remembered this house, even though she reminds him that her and her brother used to stay there. She sinks to her knees and begs him to kill her, and Kyung-tak has what might be the best line of the whole series so far: “I am the one who wants to die. So why are you telling me to kill you?!” Thank. You.

On the one hand, I’m glad Young-rae is helping out, but on the other, I kind of don’t think she has the right to be sobbing like this when she’s been such a boob to him the whole series. Or maybe that does give her the right, and I’ve just become immune to her tears.

She cries as she tells him that she’s the one who sinned against him, and Kyung-tak simply responds: “I can understand why you have to die. Now tell me why I must live.” Kyung-tak, you are owning this scene.

Young-rae tells him that she can think of one hundred reasons, but none of them will reach his heart – he has to find the reason within himself. Kyung-tak still looks completely broken as he comes up with only one reason, that a loyal subject shouldn’t kill himself on the day of the King’s death. That saves him for now, but does it mean he’ll just try again tomorrow? Someone give that boy a hug, please. And maybe some Christmas hams.

Ha-eung gets Minister Kim in for a private conversation at the gibang, laying it all out on the table. They both know each other’s goals, with Ha-eung wanting Myeong-bok on the throne and Minister Kim wanting Myeong-bok not on the throne. So Ha-eung proposes a kind of truce, promising that the Andong Kim clan can keep all its money and power even if Myeong-bok takes the throne.

But Minister Kim has the power of one-upmanship, and replies that he doesn’t need Ha-eung’s promise, but Ha-eung needs his and therefore has nothing to offer. He leaves on that note and runs into Hyuk outside, noting that their relationship is ill-fated because Hyuk sides with Ha-eung.

He does notice Hyuk going through a brain zap as he’s leaving, and Hyuk gets zapped so many times that he eventually passes out. Chun-hong gets him into a room and watches him sweat and suffer in bed with tears in her eyes, as he experiences flashbacks of all the people he’s saved while in Joseon.

Ha-eung and Young-hwi confer nearby, with Young-hwi unconcerned with big causes or the distant future, another strange red flag, as he says that he wants three things – his mother and Young-rae to be at peace, Ha-eung to achieve his goals, and for his best friend to be safe. Hate to break it to you, but you’ve already failed on that last front.

They both know that Minister Kim won’t let Kyung-tak live, which takes us to Minister Kim as he broods in a dark room while Kyung-tak kneels silently outside.

Hyuk finally comes-to, and Chun-hong explains that “it grew too big”, and when asked to clarify, she says, “That tumor, I mean. Which is growing in your brain. A long time ago, the same thing was growing in my head as well.” Obviously, Hyuk has no idea, and asks what tumor is in both his head and hers.

Chun-hong: “It’s the tumor which is in the brain of people who can come from and go to the other world. People like you and me. In the beginning, it’s too small for us to even know its existence. But the instant you come to the other world, it becomes bigger and bigger. It grows when you save someone who should’ve been dead, or when you make something you weren’t supposed to make. It also grows when you say something you shouldn’t have said. Everything you have done since you came here made that tumor bigger.”


Only now does he remember the Jar Fetus, and then he asks her what will happen now. She tells him that if he dies in this world it’s not just death, his soul will also disappear. He’ll be wiped off the map completely. So, Super Death? True Death? Zombie-Proof Death?

However, she thinks he can undo most of his damage if Ha-eung and Myeong-bok make it to the throne, and that history will handle the rest. Er. That sounds strangely exact for such mystical circumstances. Then he can return to the world he used to live in, only he can’t interfere in this world any more.

All the ministers meet in the Queen Dowager’s quarters again, with Ha-eung bringing up the heir issue to the discontent of the others. Except everyone’s floored when Minister Kim agrees with him, and we see why in flashback. Turns out Minister Kim didn’t leave the gibang so easily, since Ha-eung showed his last card – Kyung-tak’s gun, as evidence that Minister Kim tried to kill a royal relative.

So Ha-eung proposes that they use their powers together in order to gain what they both want, which brings us back to the present. Minister Kim endorses Myeong-bok as heir to the Queen Dowager, to everyone’s shock and awe.

Once outside, Minister Kim’s lackeys try to see if Minister Kim has another plan, but he doesn’t. He’s assured that even with Myeong-bok on the throne, Ha-eung won’t have all the power he wants. And Ha-eung knows this, but has a different take as he explains to Officer Lee, “Politics, you know, is not a skill to fight against the enemy, but a skill to compromise with the enemy.”

Minister Kim returns home to find Kyung-tak still kneeling outside, and he barely has the strength to ask his father to kill him. Minister Kim knows that Kyung-tak would rather live, and manipulates him into agreeing to do anything he wants without mistakes. Kyung-tak replies with the usual “Your Excellency”, but Minister Kim corrects him: “Call me ‘Father.'” Aww, sad. I don’t think Daddy means it, he’s just using Kyung-tak’s feelings to make him a slave.

Young-rae delivers the Myeong-bok Heir news to Hyuk, who’s hardly surprised, for obvious reasons. He decides to go and inspect the penicillin crop, which makes the Jar Fetus angrily brain zap him over and over and over, causing him to flail around as he yells, “No! I can’t go back yet!”


So we got an explanation of the whole time slip mechanism, though I can’t help but wonder how Chun-hong knows everything (aside from the “she’s a fortune-teller” excuse), and why she couldn’t have just explained this to him thirteen episodes ago. All this time she’s been saying the same thing – don’t mess with history – but I’d venture a guess that maybe he would have listened more if she told him that every surgery caused the fetus in his brain to grow.

Granted, Hyuk’s so thickheaded that it might not have made a difference, but if that tumor/fetus grew every time he messed with history, wouldn’t it have, like, eaten all his brains by now? There can’t be room for both of them up there, and most of Hyuk’s dialogue leads me to believe there isn’t. (“Ah… [insert line here].”) Is he just going to birth an infant from his skull at this point? Why are brain fetuses the mechanism for time travel? Is there some association of brain fetuses that picks and chooses who they get to live in, with most of them hoping that they can burrow in someone like Hyuk, who’ll just mess with history and feed them so they grow? Is the point of the brain fetus to grow? Is it sentient?

More than anything I still feel like we haven’t gotten a clear answer on what exactly is predetermined and what isn’t, and at what point history steps in to clean up the mess. When Chun-hong said that Hyuk just needed to get Myeong-bok on the throne for history to fix the rest, I threw my hands up in defeat. How does she know what history will and won’t touch? Doesn’t that seem a little too conveniently exact for something as inexact as time wrinkles and brain fetuses? Whatever, Hyuk is still dead to me.

Kyung-tak really owned this episode, foregoing vanity for realism and getting a great result because of it. Sure, he’s turned into a black hole of pain, but man if that’s not one of the most compelling character conflicts going on in this show. Young-hwi used to be capable of this kind of stuff until they turned him into a male version of Chun-hong, and now I can’t figure out what on earth he’s doing or why, because he keeps explaining that he just doesn’t have goals anymore. I do hope that he got transported to the future during his fall, because if Ha-eung had to get his whole back cut open for the same bullet wound Young-hwi received, I can’t buy that Young-hwi just healed on his own. But in this world everyone can walk and talk five minutes after major surgery, so, maybe I’m the one growing a brain fetus on that one.


122 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. UJ

    hahahahha i LOVED your thoughts!
    i think everyone who is watching this show has a alien fetus thingy in their head to begin with :p

    • 1.1 kitchy

      I don’t watch this show, I just read the recaps. Does that mean I’m exempt from the foetus thingy? hehehe

      • 1.1.1 daniela

        No, we (the readers) have smaller ones like pigmy :))

        “So, Super Death? True Death? Zombie-Proof Death?” my head heart so much, please be more gentle with this poor mini-fetus brain 😀

  2. Shara

    OMG Jin’s screencaps are killing me… O-O

    • 2.1 jomo

      Please, at the end, can we have just a post of the best screen caps from the series?
      Maybe a poll? I dunno, anything to keep them before my eyes longer…

      How does THT come back and sell things to ladies now?
      How does he remove all of these strangely acted scenes from their brains?
      Oh, yeah, the TOWEL.
      He finally removes the towel, and ~~ bad thoughts gone!

      • 2.1.1 Brain Dead/Brainless

        How does THT come back and sell things to ladies now?
        How does he remove all of these strangely acted scenes from their brains?

        He should do a romcom like MP right after this drama…. or any drama where he will not suffer any headaches, because everytime he suffers an headache in this drama his eyes does that bulging-eye acting which really makes me laugh, cringe and feel sorry for him all at the same time.

        • jomo

          “He should do a romcom like MP right after this drama…”

          From your lips to the fetus in THT’s brain’s ears…

        • daniela

          He should do a catalog in Mike He style in France :))

    • 2.2 jomo

      This reminds me of a cross between Rembrandt’s The Night Watch and The Anatomy Lesson

      The title is The Clown Car Operating Room



      The Anatomy Lesson

      The Night Watch

  3. Leslie

    Those screen shots of Song Seung Hun getting zapped are hilarious.

    • 3.1 becca_boo

      I know, right? He looks like the villain in Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

    • 3.2 ilikemangos

      LOL. man.. looking at some of these screen caps i just applaud headsno2 for turning this into a somewhat comedic screen capping ritual for dr.jin.
      Hyuk’s facial expressions in some of these are icing on the cake.

      • 3.2.1 Awe

        tru dat.

        heads, the brilliant screen capper!

        this has been one of the most memorable dramas EVAH.

    • 3.3 Maya

      I know. They had me in stitches! 😀
      I’m glad that I’m no longer drawn to this show and I can just happily reading head’s awesome recap. I gave up immediately at the beginning of episode 15, with that pointless discussion between CH & YR

  4. gracie

    Ah, the absurdity.

  5. Alys

    I’m confuse too why after he shot ha eung, kyung tak go to Hwalinseo, then i think maybe he want to make sure he kill ha eung with the though since ha eung injured Jin should brough him to Hwalinseo but instead go to Hwalinseo he treat ha eung injured on the gibang? LOL

    YES, i think like you “Was there a script setting mixup?”

    ” But in this world everyone can walk and talk five minutes after major surgery, so, maybe I’m the one growing a brain fetus on that one. ”

    LOL , dont worry i though it’s just me too who think like that.

    Anyway, Jaejoong acting is good here.

  6. skelly

    Heads, I feel it is time now to warn you.

    Every time you attempt to make sense of this drama, the jar fetus will grow larger in your brain. You must display the screenshots and recall the incoherent dialogue; history will take care of the rest.

    • 6.1 Michelle


      The biggest WTF moment was when Hyuk was willing to kill HaEung because he’ll kill Catholics in the future and YoungRae may be one of them but earlier in the show he gave a “I’m a doctor. It is my duty to save everyone. Who am I to decide who lives and who dies?” speech to YoungRae when he saved the rapist magistrate. I just don’t understand anymore.

      • 6.1.1 Kiara

        Seriously, this show makes me want to pull all my hair out and donate it to the real cancer patients at my local hosptital.

      • 6.1.2 Maya

        I know right!? He kept saving the people he shouldn’t have saved under the pretext that he’s a doctor and it is HIS job to save a person without prejudice. But now he suddenly second-guess himself for saving the person he should have saved to set the history right, not to mention that the person is also his friend? I think the fetus tumor thingy in his head has really taken its toll on his ability to think.

        • daniela

          It’s like in Ratatouille 🙂

          • come2noona

            That cracked me up. Ratatouille……

  7. katiamon

    one of the best phrases that made me laugh: “As always though, flashbacks aren’t worth a king’s fart in Hyuk’s decision-making process” … hehehe
    this doc can’t let us catch a break from his behavior

  8. Carole McDonnell

    oh my gosh! These recaps just make me laugh so hard. So now, in the first episode when fetus was in operated-on- guy’s brain — how does operated-on-guy fit into this? I have to go back and see that episode again…but should I? Laughing hard can bring on seizures, no?

    • 8.1 Jesse

      This drama is a remake of the japanse drama Jin & Jin 2. If you really want to know the answer to your question then watch that drama. Not to mention that it’s miles better than this show.

      • 8.1.1 Jesse


  9. Prada

    How many times YoungRae asked to be killed?? I lost the count >.>

    Kyungtak make me cry on this episode TT__TT

    • 9.1 Kiara

      Kyungtak please kill her or I will.

      • 9.1.1 For1287

        She is the most annoying character ever! Okay maybe just second to brainless Jin

      • 9.1.2 Carmila

        God, I second this

    • 9.2 For1287

      Bits of Kyung Tak’s story. T_T

  10. 10 becca_boo

    “Is the point of the brain fetus to grow? Is it sentient?”

    Y’know, there are some sentences I just never thought I would read, and about 95% of them are in these recaps. This show makes me giggle and cringe at the same time, and I haven’t seen a single second of it.

    HeadsNo2, I just can’t get over how amazing you are for sticking with this show. Thank you, and… I’m so sorry.

  11. 11 DB5K

    I love reading recaps of Dr. Jin *contented sigh* There are so many delicious nuggets of hilarity, whether it’s the absurdity of the plot, Song Seung Hun’s expressions, or HeadsNo2’s witty commentary. And for all its ham-handed directing and nonsensical writing, you have to admit the plot moves quickly and that each episode is chockful of events. This all makes for a very entertaining recap reading experience. In my humble opinion, HeadsNo2 is the best writer on dramabeans. Reading her recaps is such a pleasure ^^~~

    • 11.1 Shiku

      I second this!

  12. 12 jomo

    but Hyuk just looks like he’s digging for buried treasure in Ha-eung’s chest, with an incision about a foot wide. It sounds like he’s stirring a pot of macaroni and cheese, but really it’s just Ha-eung’s lungs

    is why you do not eat while reading these recaps, and I assume while watching the show.

    Don’t know whether the Ewwwww! or the Guffaw! came out first.
    Someone had to actually record that sound and pair it with the video. Ewwwwww!

  13. 13 Nam

    I have this nagging feeling that the injured man in episode 1 was in fact the Hyuk from the future who’d already gone to the past. Future Hyuk gets an operation to remove the tumor from his head, then went to take it from the present Hyuk’s office so he could go back to the past and be with Young-rae. The problem is the Present Hyuk saw him and went after him when he fell off the building. So that’s how Present Hyuk got to be in the past and the Future Hyuk is probably dead or in a coma somewhere in the Present. Whut?

    Anyway, that’s just a guess. Hahaha

    • 13.1 Reena

      you’ll get your answer when you watch the Japanese version… coz I have the feeling that they’re going to follow the same storyline. 🙂

    • 13.2 Waca

      Yeah, I’ve thought since the first episode that that guy on the roof was Hyuk himself. It’s just too convenient that he has his face covered up with bandages, and the way he rushed to pack up everything Hyuk would need is a give-away. He meant to return in the past as soon as he had woken up with some more medical stuff…and that’s when he ran into his previous self.

      That’s only my guess though, and if that’s true I can’t understand how the Hell is Hyuk supposed to be changing things in history if he has already been here…if the cause of being thrown in the past is meeting himself on the rooftop, then doesn’t that mean everything already happened without changing???

  14. 14 Nam

    I have this nagging feeling that the injured man in episode 1 was in fact the Hyuk from the future who’d already gone to the past. Future Hyuk gets an operation to remove the tumor from his head, then went to take it from the present Hyuk’s office so he could go back to the past and be with Young-rae. The problem is the Present Hyuk saw him and went after him when he fell off the building. So that’s how Present Hyuk got to be in the past and the Future Hyuk is probably dead or in a coma somewhere in the Present. Whut?

    Anyway, that’s just a guess.

  15. 15 seriously wtf jin

    LMAO!! Heads, another hilariously awesome recap! 🙂

    There are just soooo many issues with this show, I wonder how you can keep your comments to a few paragraphs.
    This is the first show I’ve seen where at least 90% of the scenes have me rolling my eyes/exclaiming to the screen/just saying WTF.

    A couple of questions: if the brain fetus is what allows one to travel in time, why is it so annoyed at you when you actually DO something while you’re there? Even without ridiculous surgeries on national leaders, whatever one did would probably have SOME effect.

    Also: if it’s all predetermined, how exactly is the historical narrative supposed to be compelling? We know the end, so all we’re left with is how to get rid of the LPM – but no question really, that he will be gotten rid of.

    This leads me to my final point that the ONLY thing left for me to care about is Kyung-Tak and sorta Young-hwi. Since their fates haven’t been revealed in historical voiceovers.

    I agree w/Heads:
    “Kyung-tak really owned this episode, foregoing vanity for realism and getting a great result because of it.”


    “Someone give that boy a hug, please. And maybe some Christmas hams.” <— I'LL DO IT! ME, ME, PICK ME!

    • 15.1 sharu

      “Someone give that boy a hug, please. And maybe some Christmas hams.”

      Gettin in line 😀 …

    • 15.2 Kimi

      I volunteer as tribute. c:

  16. 16 muhloy

    the cut kyung tak’s nose keeps moving around…

    like he accidently wiped it off, and then they put it back but didn’t check where it was to begin with….

    • 16.1 skelly

      You are right! Just looking at the screen shots, it moves around on his nose and even changes shape. Let’s just hope it isn’t the genesis of another jar baby…

    • 16.2 Michelle

      It doesn’t even make sense because a cut implies a knife or something right? JooPal only revealed that he punched KyungTak and then there was the bat…..All the little details….

  17. 17 Brain Dead/Brainless

    Because of Dr. Jin a whole new drama genre is born: hysterical drama…

    • 17.1 ilikemangos


      • 17.1.1 ajj

        LOL hysterical dramas…

  18. 18 wanderlust

    Song Seung Hyuns I’m In So Much Pain Faces.

    Oh ma gah.

    • 18.1 Nincy

      perfect words..haha

  19. 19 ellaMiK

    Wait…if Hyuk traveling to the past is screwing up history AND his own life, what was the point of him time traveling in the first place?

    • 19.1 Michelle


  20. 20 Daisy

    My gosh this recap is so hilarious! Now I’m glad this show got an extension! More funny recaps to come!!

  21. 21 Sue

    “He rips the posting off the board and gets a brain zap from the Jar Fetus for his trouble. Good. Maybe it’ll do that every time he messes with history, like that collar that zaps dogs when they bark.”


    Anyway, even though the Japanese version was too preachy for my taste, it was still well done and made sense from episode to episode. This version just annoys me to no end. The only reason I’m still watching is Kyung-Tak. This character is original to the Korean version and that makes it intriguing. What will happen to him?

    • 21.1 For1287

      Kyung Tak is the who keeps me here too. His faith for now still seems a bit dark, but it may have a breaking point. He still needs the aftershok of his father betrayal . I am sure it will be pretty scary

  22. 22 stars4u

    I think Yong-hwi went to the future just like the Chun-hong.

    I wonder what happens to the history when Hyuk goes back. It’s not like he won’t be written down, not when he almost was killed being accused of attempted murder of the queen dowager and was the person whose last words were directed by the king himself.

  23. 23 Sho

    I’m really starting to get worried on what the heck they are going to show on the extension…

    • 23.1 YY

      Some suggestions for extended scenes:

      – Brain Fetus piggybacking Dr Jin home after an energy-zapping kidney transplant.

      – Dr Jin backhugging Brain Fetus in an emotionally-charged scene while Young-Rae cries outside (again).

      – Brain Fetus showering moodily in the hot shower

      – Brain Fetus staring at himself in the bathroom mirror and sweating profusely after valiantly struggling to clamber up to the sink after a solid one hour

      – Brain Fetus wiping steam off bathroom mirror and then, inexplicably punching bathroom mirror with a loud WHACK!

      – Dr Jin performing emergency hand surgery to repair Brain Fetus’s damaged veins

      • 23.1.1 sharu

        THIS is why i love dramabeans 😀 … awesome recaps and even awesomer (is that even a word 😛 ) comments 🙂 !

      • 23.1.2 jomo

        Poor poor Brain Fetus, climbing up the sink!

        I’m telling you right now, YY, This could be an animated show on Nick. You should pitch it.

        The Hand Towel and The Fetus.

      • 23.1.3 Awe

        brain fetus in a hand towel! TBHT

        the brain hand towel–lol—i just crack myself up!

      • 23.1.4 come2noona

        Holy crap YY, I almost peed my drawers laughing at this!

  24. 24 risugirl

    If I want a good laugh,I read recaps here!Most of them are hilariously written,and Dr.Jin is no exception.

    Thank you always.

  25. 25 Quiet Thought

    So . . . Zeus was a time traveler, then, and when he meddled too much in human history, Athena, Goddess of Wisdom, was born from his head? Does this mean that Chun-hong is Athena, roaming the world after Greece took up Christianity? It makes more sense then anything else in this series.

    • 25.1 Germaine

      This would mean that Dr Jin will take 20 years to get home.

  26. 26 Quiet Thought

    In a political quagmire like this, where everyone is two faced and talks out of both sides of their mouth, it is good to have someone like Chun-hong, who can only talk out of the left side of her face and mouth because of her childhood injury.

    • 26.1 YY


    • 26.2 Awe

      lol—that’s just harsh—true but harsh

      i’m laughing right now…thanks Quiet Thought

  27. 27 Yue

    You know the story is hopelessly not going well if you’re staying just for the sake of one character. I have to agreement, there was something about Kyung Tak character that was different. Sure, he’s the tragic second lead, but, he have his own bundle of issues and he didn’t go and play nice all the time like all the second male lead does. I just wonder all the time of what will happen to Kyung Tak. It’s not looking good for him. And Jaejeong did a wonderful job with the role that I wanted to jump into the screen and give him a big bear hug when he have his sad face on…

    • 27.1 lizzzieQ

      Him, and the Takhwi bromance. I’ll take what I can get.

      I get the feeling the poor guy’s gonna die. If he does I hope he at least goes out being just about the only character in the whole drama Jin HASN’T operated on.

      • 27.1.1 Alys

        LOL, you right, between the main lead here just kyung tak who still hasn’t operated by Hyuk.
        First is the gisaeng, follow by young rae then ha eung lol most of them get operated by Hyuk.lol,kind funny for me and if kyung tak died then i hope they just let him died in peace means dont thouch him Dr.Jin…

  28. 28 OBC123

    Though I agree that Hyuk is not the most amazing character in this show, I feel that Heads got in a little wrong here: “Meanwhile, Hyuk and Doctor Yoo keep vigil over Cheoljong, who struggles just to breathe. Hyuk knows the cause is hopeless and cries a little, because everything is always about him. And didn’t he just save Cheoljong’s life like two days ago? Now he’s suddenly dying and there’s no way to stop it?”

    Hyuk didn’t even try to save the King this time and not because the King’s condition was all hopeless. From what I saw, he HELD BACK doing anything medically for the King. Yeah, a few days ago he saved the king and he knew that that nearly got Haeung killed! And, that is why he didnt try to intervene anymore. He held back even though he may have been able to save the King. And, THAT is WHY Hyuk cried in that scene and kept crying after that.

    • 28.1 Shiku

      That’s what I saw too. So he is showing a little bit of growth

      • 28.1.1 OBC123

        Yeah, to me, Hyuk’s choked demeanor when the royal doc said that he was giving Hyuk a chance to save the King showed it, and Hyuk’s whispered “I am sorry, your majesty” without so much as lifting a finger at the end implied it. But, I think most ppl would miss it because SSH is not good at emoting these things clearly. He did it a little too quietly. Makes me think that SSH is really introverted in real life. Because if he is acting out how he would react in such a situation in real life, that would be it. But, he can’t do that on television. No one is going to catch it. He’s got to work at emoting for television and not like how he would do it in real life.

  29. 29 AuntieMame

    Since we’ve already mentioned Gilligan’s Island in this thread, I wonder if this entire drama is A la JR’s dream in “Dallas”.

    Or, this drama is like one of those sci-fi movies with a mad scientist implanting baby fetuses into people’s brains for time-travel experimentation.

  30. 30 ajj

    Dr Jin’s screencaps are cracking me up.Aw jaejoongie you make me so sad, you’re the only one who made sense in this episode. Seeing SSH brain zapped look makes me wonder why I ever had a crush on him in the first place. hahaha at super death..

  31. 31 KDaddict

    I haven’t had so much fun reading recaps and comments, ever, not to mention on a show that I’m not watching! Thx one and all! I gave up on Dr. J after 2 eps. The brain fetus gummy bear thingy was a tell-tale sign that monkeys are at the helm of this show.

  32. 32 seriously wtf jin

    Didn’t Young Rae have breast cancer, like, two days ago?
    So, a little butchery from Jin and problem solved?

    • 32.1 seriously wtf jin

      Wait, I know – he’ll make her jump off the cliff with him so they can both go to the future and she can get her chemo then. Makes perfect sense.

  33. 33 dls

    thanks for the recap
    I always enjoy your recap
    agree with you that Kung Tak owns this ep
    sending my hug to him, he is just too pity

  34. 34 Cynthia

    “He rips the posting off the board and gets a brain zap from the Jar Fetus for his trouble. Good. Maybe it’ll do that every time he messes with history, like that collar that zaps dogs when they bark.”

    How delicious is it to discover that Jar Fetus is, by far, the smartest entity in the drama?! Just the thought of that little GummiBabe sitting in Hyuk’s brain-pan and whacking him each time Hyuk needs a whackin’ for his stupidity is beyond wonderful.
    (It also reminds me of a Men In Black scene with the little alien controlling the big, slacker shell from inside the head).

    It could be worse for Hyuk – I mean, look at Pinocchio and what happened to him every time he lied. Although the visual of Hyuk’s nose growing with each miracle surgery makes me kinda happy, too.

    Our Jaejoong is doing a terrific job here – but it sure highlights just how bad everything else is in the ability to make his scenes stand out. In a normal quality drama, his scenes would have been passably good – but this dreck will win him a Daesang Best Actor Award.

    It was nice of Chun Hong to explain the TumorBabyBrain thingy – but my only question to her is, “How the fuck do you know?! Did it involve splitting your own head open and using a mirror to verify your hitchhiker’s presence?”

    And finally, Kyung Tak? The next time Young Rae BEGS you to kill her, do it. For all of us. Kill her.

    Thanks for the recap, HeadsNo2. I bow to you.

    • 34.1 For1287

      Lol! So it’s an alien controlling Jin then? XD
      Now this explains a lot of things. The alien still needs to get accustomed to human relations!

      Jaejoong man! Why is he the only one getting better while the rest is just falling down? His acting as well as his character are the only things saving this drama for me.

    • 34.2 dughtarefil

      that was fucking hilarious when you said

      ” And finally, Kyung Tak? The next time Young Rae BEGS you to kill her, do it. For all of us. Kill her.”

      I was thinking the same thing LOL….

    • 34.3 Kimi

      Yup, or I’ll probably kill her myself.

  35. 35 leddik

    Kyung-tak really is too pretty/compelling to die. Bloody or not, my eyes are wide open whenever it’s his scene. Poor guy. To be cursed with a father like that, I guess they had to even life out with that pretty face.

  36. 36 Rashell

    These re-caps are just so awesome. Thank you so much Heads for actually watching this dreck and then writting about it so I can just laugh and laugh.

    “As always though, flashbacks aren’t worth a king’s fart in Hyuk’s decision-making process.” And I choose this ats LINE OF THE RE-CAP. I think I’m going to start chosing one from each of the next Dr. Jin re-caps because I’m positive I will have many more to chose from.

  37. 37 meecheellee

    Kyung-tak has what might be the best line of the whole series so far: “I am the one who wants to die. So why are you telling me to kill you?!” Thank. You.

    Puahahaha. Man, they had too much soju writing this one.

  38. 38 muhloy

    Best. Recaps. Ever.

  39. 39 YY

    I really think this show is going to end with Dr Jin performing brain surgery on himself to remove the tumour in his brain. It would make for a heck of a scene and he could happily combine all those amazing faces he has pulled throughout the course of the drama and blood would just POUR out of his brain in floods but he would be completely lucid throughout, barking orders to himself: “CUT IT BIGGER! I SAID BIGGER, NOT DEEPER, YOU CLOWN! DON’T CALL ME CLOWN! I’M SAVING YOUR LIFE HERE, YOU MORON!” The whole conversation with himself would be in voiceover, of course.

    • 39.1 spjork


      But that’s how the show started? Jin performing brain surgery on himself, except he kept saying I MUST GO BACK while looting the medical supply closet and looking like a toilet paper mummy.

  40. 40 12the4

    Kyung Tak really owned this episode. I loved the fact he finally get rid of YR. I can’t stand her nor her tears anymore! :S

    Kudos to Jaejoong for his great acting in this episode, he perfectly portrayed Kyung Tak’s troubled emotions. 🙂

  41. 41 starfield

    LOL thank you Heads, had so much fun reading this recap.

    I really have trouble believing the same writer who wrote Ha-eung, Kyung-tak, Young-hwi, and basically all the other characters except for the two leads, could possibly have also written, well, the two leads.

    Either one writer is the sole culprit of the frustratingly illogicality & “unrootableness” of Young-rae & to a somewhat lesser degree, Hyuk, or this regrettable Frankenstein was a result of two writers of completely incompatible styles taking turns to write their scenes.

    How is it that I am able to take all of Ha-eung’s scenes/the politics story arc seriously? It can’t just be the acting.

    And Kyung-tak delivered some of the snarkiest lines in this episode. Love how he has always known that he and his best friend Young-hwi are but pawns of the powerful ones. Though it’s sad that he feels zero self-worth and is willing to throw away his life without hesitation for that unworthy father of his. Maybe if Young-rae hadn’t completely used and abused his feelings the second time they were to get married, his soul could have been redeemed, but now…

    Loved Jaejoong’s acting in this episode. Especially when he cried that pitiful, unflattering and yet heart-wrenching cry as Minister Kim told him to call him father…

  42. 42 eternalfive

    AHAHAHAHA omg HeadsNo2 you’re amazing. These recaps just get funnier and funnier. And you also have the awesome ability to capture Song Seung-heon and his bug eyes at the most perfect moments. *snigger*

    Jaejoong seems to have been the best thing about this episode, judging from the screencaps. Poor Kyung-tak. 🙁

  43. 43 cazg

    I have been trying to work out why I keep watching this drama. I would normally have given up a long time ago. Now I know! I need to watch and see for myself so that I can then read your recaps and laugh/cry/rant with complete understanding.

    Such a good recap. Thank you.

    • 43.1 Awe

      its been said that all watching, have a brain fetus. stop trying to work out why you watch this, otherwise you’ll be ZAPPED!

  44. 44 Jihye808

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE ur recaps.. I thought this drama was the reason for my headaches… But iguess not.. Must be the fetus in my brain tooo. LOL Thanks for the awesome recaps..

  45. 45 Eliza Bennet

    HeadsNo2 I think your recaps are probably a lot more entertaining than the show itself. I’m completely hooked on these and will have recap withdrawal syndrome when this all ends!!!!

  46. 46 aramint

    Bleh… I stopped caring about the leads few episodes back, they can do whatever they want, I’m still watching this only for Young-Hwi and Kyung-Tak.

    That poor boy, my heart bleeds for him. Every time he cried, I cried. The scene when he’s able to call the minister as “Father”, God, that was so sad. It’s like he finally fulfills his one and only wish; to be accepted by his father. T_T

    And please, don’t kill him. Boy deserves to be happy after all he went through.

    • 46.1 For1287

      We demand a happy ending for Kyung Tak ! T_T

      • 46.1.1 aramint

        Is there a petition somewhere that we can sign? ‘Coz I’m sure gonna kill the writers if they pull a Eun Shi Kyung v2.0 here… 🙁

    • 46.2 Awe

      Kyung Tak-ii time slips to the future BIG and gets MaRi (Suzy). She’s crazy but at least she doesn’t cry.

      • 46.2.1 aramint

        “She’s crazy but at least she doesn’t cry.”

        This. So true. I’m so tired with Young Rae’s fountain now.

        And omo! Imagine the hilarity when Mari keeps gluing to Kyung-Tak and he keeps on threatening to slice her with his sword. LOL 😀

      • 46.2.2 Kimi

        If I had a dollar for every time Young-rae cried, I’d probably be a multimillionaire by now. Or perhaps a billionaire.

  47. 47 Agewa

    I swear to god, this show is like a car crash that I can’t look away from. Kyungtak/Jejung is pretty much the only one saving this show for me. His acting in this episode is superb that I want to tuck his head under my chin and let him lean his pretty head on my heaving bosom. Poor baby.

  48. 48 MsB

    When a drama becomes a comedy when its not a comedy; its sad. When someone cries on screen and you are just tired of them crying; its sad. This is just a sad drama that some of us glutton for punishments are continuing to watch for the entertainment factor. There is a reason why its the last to be subbed. What used to be done first; now you pretty much have to wait 24 hours. Ha-eung continues to remain the shining light. Young Hwi? What’s up? You return from the dead and something just is not right. Watching Kyung Tak and his poor tortured soul was probably the best thing. I always felt sorry for him but the reasons why were magnified with this episode. I can’t believe I am going to say this, I will probably will watch this to the end unlike my abandonment of Big. Sad, huh?

  49. 49 xnopex

    best comedy of the summer.

    • 49.1 Awe

      second that.

  50. 50 Sammy

    Okay is it just me or is Park Min Young shedding tears in pretty much every frame of the drama?

    • 50.1 Quiet Thought

      It’s the Leaky Eye disease, common to Makjang. In her next role, PMY is going to play a killer android just to give her tear ducts a rest.

    • 50.2 Awe

      guys…i think she’s trying to win the WATER EYE award at this year’s Blue Dragon.

      • 50.2.1 Kimi

        LOL so true!

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